Matte Gold Shatters Glitter Placement

Hello lovelies & happy Monday! Hopefully you’re having a wonderful start to your Monday, & not a rough one! I have today off, so the plan is to be productive—we’ll see how successful I end up being!

Today though, I have some nail art to show you! As I mentioned a few post backs, I’ve really been wanting to return to trying out some old nail art techniques I have done in forever. I used to love doing shattered glass glitter placements, like this one Here, but it’s been a minute since a did one. So it was definitely, definitely overdue.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shiny Top Coat
  • Matte Top Coat: Butter London Matte Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen CSM Belle of the Ball
  • YSL Beauty Feuille D’Or
  • small dotting tool (mine are from NailStuff.ca — save 10% using COFFEE10)

I’m really quite obsessed with these, especially with the added effect using matte top coat! It really feels like absolute ages since I pulled out any shattered glitter like this a glitter placement look, & it was long overdue. Plus the gold looks so beautiful over this pretty navy base shade.

I also really like how this manicure has a bit of an edge to it! I feel like it needs to be worn with a leather jacket &, maybe, a pair of motorcycle boots.

What do you think about this glitter placement look? Are you a fan of these kinds of designs? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — China Glaze For Audrey

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! Today we are throwing it way, way back for our Swatch Sunday pick is a nail polish classic: China Glaze For Audrey.

This shade was originally released way back in 2007–NailPolishCanada.com says it was part of the Something Blue collection. Nowadays, it is part of the permanent core collection, which means it’s easy to find pretty much anywhere China Glaze nail polishes are sold.

I originally bought it back in 2011 of 2012, when Sally Beauty opened near us. Naturally, as soon as I saw the name I knew I needed to own it, as Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favourite movies.

2 coats + Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

For Audrey is a beautiful robin’s egg blue that is as close to Tiffany blue as is legally allowed. There is some confusion online on whether or not it is an exact dupe to that little blue box, but I feel like I’ve real online (somewhere… can’t remember now) that only Tiffany can use that specific shade of blue as they have legal ownership. I don’t have anything from Tiffany’s, so sadly I cannot confirm just how closely the two match.

Either way, For Audrey is a beautiful shade, with a smooth & creamy formula. I applied everything in two coats, but I did need to add some top coat in order to smooth things a bit — that could be the polish formula, or it could be the fact my bottle is 10 years old, but I feel like having to add a bit of top coat is kind of a non-issue, especially since I always add top coat to my manicures anyways.

& the colour is perfect for dreaming of Spring. It’s just a bright, vibrant colour. It has me thinking of those warmer days to come!

What do you think of China Glaze For Audrey? Do you have this beautiful blue is your nail polish stash? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below!

Metallic Smooshy Nails

Hello lovelies & happy Thursday!

I hope everyone is having a lovely week so far. Today I have some more nail art to share with you that I recently did. I’ve been experimenting with different nail art techniques that I either haven’t done in a long time, or never tried. Today’s look is inspired by a technique by @grapefizznails — smooshy nails using a stamper!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shiny Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Nail Primer
  • Color Club Silver Lake
  • Color Club You’re My Soul-Matte
  • Color Club Matte About You
  • Color Club Put A Ring On It
  • Bodico small clear stamper
  • Silicone nail art mat

So I definitely love how these turned out, but I don’t think trying to do a marble look like this is easiest with matte shades, which I decided to use. They tend to try faster than non-matte shades, so you get more blob-ish smooshes instead of the delicate effect that I see in a lot of others smoosh looks. I’m going to try it out again for sure, with a different variety of polish formulas. I

t was definitely an easy look to do, which I always appreciate, & I always love seeing other people’s smooshy nails, so I’m dedicated to nailing this technique! I’m already imagining one using a Valentine’s Day inspired colour scheme.

What do you think about this nail art look? Do you enjoy smooshy nail art looks? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below, & share any other nail art techniques you would like to see me try out!

Freehand Hearts 💗

Hello lovelies & happy Tuesday! I hope everyone has had a lovely start to their week so far. I had yesterday off so I spent the day watching season 2 of Vanderpump Rules & dealing with organizing an excessive amount of clothing I’ve been neglecting for the last few weeks.

I also have been thinking & planning for some Valentine’s Day nail art looks! So I figured why not start now—after all, January doesn’t call for much nail art inspo.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shiny Top Coat
  • Londontown USA Opal
  • L’Oréal Vintage Vinyl
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Peony Origins
  • Starrily Vantablack
  • NailStuff.ca 4mm Micro Detail Brush (COFFEE10 saves you 10%!)
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio

This is the first time I’ve attempted freehanded hearts in a long, long time & I’m so beyond happy with how they turned out! I used a base of Londontown Opal as it was such a beautiful shade, perfect for a romantic design like this. I had this idea in my head, & I am really really happy with how it turned out! This would totally be a cute Valentine’s Day look for anyone who doesn’t want to go over the top with pink! You get a little bit of pink, but the grey, & white & black really keeps it from being too over the top girlie (I think.) But you could definitely do a variety of colour combinations.

What do you think about this heart design? Have you already started to think about potential Valentine’s Day designs? Let me know what you think down in the comments, & what nail art looks your planning for February! 💗

SWATCH SUNDAY — Londontown USA Winners Finds

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday!

Today we’re in uncharted territory—I have 3 shades from a brand I’ve never tried before: Londontown USA. Last week, I visited my local Winners to see what beauties I could find in the clearance section, & found a ton of beauties I just have to bring home with me, including a three pack of these Londontown USA shades.

These three shades were packaged together in a set called “Lilac Mini Trio” but after looking it up online, it looks like they’re all from different collections.

So let’s check out the swatches!

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